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- >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in intensive care with a stubborn fever. but tonight, a family spokesman says the 88-year-old is now alert and in guarded condition. >> he's conscious. he recognizes people around him. he is joking with his doctors. those are all good signs. >> the cough that initially sent the former president to the hospital is said to have improved. doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment. >>> one of the nation's largest payday lenders owes california consumers millions. on the consumerwatch, julie watts says that people who borrowed money from a company called check and go may actually be entitled to thousands of dollars each. julie. >> reporter: that's right. refunds in this $4.3 million settlement are expected to range anywhere from $20 to $4,600 per person. but to qualify, you must have borrowed money from check and go online. now, at a press conference today san francisco city attorney dennis herrera said check and go skirted california law by preying on the most economically vulnerable and charging interest rates as high as 400%. >> they pa
. the horrific -- >> well, other news tonight. former president george h.w. bush said to be improving even though he remains in intensive care at a hospital in houston. a bush family spokesman says the 88-year-old is alert and in good spirits. the doctors are cautiously optimistic. mr. bush was hospitalized for a bronchitis-like cough more than a month ago. we have asked dr. kim mulvihill to fill us in. what's guarded? >> reporter: that means he is between stable and critical. he will be watched closely. bronchitis can take months to clear but anytime the elderly have bronchitis it could develop into a more complicated lung infection pneumonia especially when the patient is in the icu. >> the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia? >> bronchitis is an inflammation of the large airways that carry air from the mouth to the lungs. pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue itself. this infection inflames the air sack and they film up with fluid and can cause symptoms such as a cough with phlegm, fever, chills and trouble breathing. >> and pneumonia is treatable, right? >> absolutely.
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